10 Scholarships for International Students

If you'd like to spend a month (or semester or year) in a foreign country, there are a number of scholarships available. While some may require membership in an organization or participation in a specific study abroad program, others can be applied to almost any overseas study program.

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Studying abroad can be among the most enriching, mind-opening of experiences for students. But tuition, travel and living costs can also make attending college in a foreign country very expensive. These ten scholarships for American students can make studying abroad more affordable.

1. Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The Fulbright Program offers academic, arts, education, travel and business grants - among others - to college students, educators and professionals spending time abroad. Among the most prestigious higher education honors, Fulbright awards are extraordinarily competitive. Recipients must have demonstrated high levels of academic performance and personal achievement.

2. CollegeWeekLive Scholarship

This $5,000 monthly scholarship is awarded by chance. Applicants must visit 5 U.S. college websites, but can use the money to study at any school, inside or outside of the United States.

3. Boren Awards for International Study

Scholarships from this organization are awarded to individuals interested in learning a foreign language or adding an international component to a degree program. Featuring opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, the Boren Awards provide U.S. students with up to $20,000 to complete international study in Asia, Africa, Eastern and Central Europe, Latin America, Eurasia and the Middle East.

4. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides grants to U.S. undergraduates studying abroad. Limited to those with a demonstrated financial need, the awards are reserved for those at a 2- or 4-year institution who are eligible for Federal Pell Grant funding. Study is open to any country except Cuba and nations on the State Department's Travel Warning list.

5. American Association of University Women (AAUW) Awards

This national organization, dedicated to advancing equity for women and girls, offers international fellowships to female graduate students. Highly competitive, the awards typically yield winning candidates who not only demonstrate academic excellence but also a commitment to others' lives through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

6. Global Studies Foundation Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad

The Global Studies Foundation provides grants for American students who are studying abroad to learn a foreign language or otherwise gain a formative international experience. Award winners are based on academic experience and program merit, including consideration of whether study will occur in a nation deemed strategically important by the U.S. State and Defense departments.


GRIT stands for Globally Remarkable Intentional Talent. GRIT Scholarships are available for students spending at least a month abroad in one of the programs associated with the Foundation for Global Scholars. The scholarship totals $3,000.

8. University Studies Abroad Consortium Scholarships

These financial awards are available to a wide range of students, including individuals pursuing degrees within certain organization-targeted disciplines or studying in a particular region of the world. Most of the scholarships are reserved for students from institutions who are members of the consortium.

9. Phi Kappa Phi Scholarships

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is an organization of high-achieving students and academicians that, among other functions, awards scholarships to members taking part in international study. The group provides 50 undergraduates with a financial award of $1,000 to use in financing a study abroad experience.

10. Joan Nelson Scholarship

Awards of $5,000 are awarded to students who are members of Golden Key International Honour Society, a global organization of excelling college students. Criteria upon which the scholarships are awarded include academic achievement and a determination of how well a study abroad program fits a candidate's scholastic focus. Both undergraduates and graduates may apply.

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